Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group Meeting – Thursday, April 18th 2024

Back to BO User Groups

You are personally invited to join us at the Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users Group on Thursday, April 18th, 2024 from 9:00am – 12:15pm. Hosted  and sponsored by SAP and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER BELOW for count purposes.

Location:

SAP Pittsburgh Office
271 N Shore Dr Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Parking: The closest lot is the Champions Garage ($9/day).  The lots and garages by Acrisure Stadium ($8/day).

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Breakfast 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Update 2024 – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

The SAP updated Statement of Direction for BI and BusinessObjects continues to be updated and the roadmap extended which is great news for all BusinessObjects customers. Bi 4.3 SP4 was released in December, and we are all excited to hear about and see what is coming in the next major release BI 2025.

This session will discuss this new roadmap and cover the key features that have been released with BI 4.3 SP04 and what to expect to see with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tools can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM How to Minimize Impacts of BusinessObjects Upgrades on Your Business – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

SAP has released a lot of Service Packs and Fix Packs for BusinessObjects over the last few years on top of major software releases. Most of these Service Packs have a lot of new functionality in addition to fixes which means a lot of new code which means more potential on your deployment. This session discusses what we have seen in terms of the impact of upgrading too soon and too often and how to potentially avoid application stability issues by taking a different approach to upgrades. Several real customer case studies will be included.

12:15 PM Raffle and Wrap Up

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Joining Data in Webi from Different Data Sources

Back to Let’s Speak BO Webinars

Tuesday, September 5th at 10am PT/1pm ET

This session will cover joining Data in Webi from different sources, utilizing both the 4.3sp3 Data Tab as well as the traditional method of merging data.  We will demonstrate an alternate way of creating a “Minus” query, but with using different data sources.

Registration coming soon…

Philadelphia BusinessObjects User Group – Wednesday, April 5th 2023

You are personally invited to join us at the Philadelphia BusinessObjects Users Group on Wednesday, April 5th from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER for count purposes.

Location:
400 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

Directions:
Philadelphia Zoo is located at the corner of 34th Street and
Girard Avenue in Philadelphia’s historic Fairmount Park
Sign in at the desk in lobby
Parking Fee of $17 in Zoo Garage
DIRECTIONS

Agenda:

9:30am – 10:00am – Registration + Coffee and Bagels

10:00am – 10:45am – BusinessObjects Solid For the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2024, that will run both on-premises and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.

This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 along with what is currently planned for SP04 and beyond.

10:45am – 11:30am – Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:30am – 12:00pm – Networking Lunch

12:00pm – 12:35pm – Three Business Performance Hacks for BusinessObjects and Crystal Reports You Should Know – Herbert Hess, Center4BI

We all love BusinessObjects for reliable, interactive, and pixel perfect reporting delivered anywhere at any time. Did you know that the combination of BusinessObjects and Crystal Reports can make real-time phone alerts available to inform you of current market conditions for your business? Or alert you to impending server issues which may affect the reliable reporting you count on? How about turning hours or days of updating of financial reports into minutes when fiscal periods change from year to year? This brief session will provide you with insight into the problems we have described, overview the answer to those problems, and direct you to online case studies for detailed techniques available to get more business performance from your BusinessObjects investment.

12:40pm – 1:20pm – BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects.

This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

1:20pm – 2:00pm – Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 2/3, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions.

The functions will include:

  • Break
  • Sort/Custom Sort
  • Filter
  • Group
  • Rank
  • Advanced Calculations
  • Conditional Formatting

Presentation will include best practices and tips and tricks.

2:00pm – 5:00pm – Philadelphia Zoo Admission Included and Wrap-up

Midwest BusinessObjects User Group – April 22, 2021

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the Midwest Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm CT.

Agenda:

1:00 – 1:05 pm  | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm | The BI 4.3 Roadmap in Action – Gregory Botticchio and Christian AH-SOON, SAP

BI 4.3 SP1 was released in December and SP2 will be coming later this year. SAP will provide an overview of the new features in SP1 and what’s coming in SP2 along with a live demo.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | WaaDD (Webi as a Dazzling Dashboard) – Alan Anolik, Ontada by McKesson/Maven BI Group

While Web Intelligence has been traditionally seen as a BI reporting tool, more and more organizations are using it to create amazing and effective dashboards.

This eye-opening recently updated session will take you on a step by step journey on how to take existing Web Intelligence reports and transform them into beautiful, intricate, interactive and now Dazzling dashboards using many of the new features and capabilities available in the latest BI 4.2 release. Including integration of the Need4Viz add-on components.

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Geomapping in Webi  – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol

Mapping options in Web Intelligence have really improved in recent years .  The geographical database embedded in Web Intelligence provides easy geomapping options which allows for some fantastic data insights.  In addition, 3rd party addons take mapping insights to a whole new level.  This session will show how Web Intelligence interactive maps can help analyze information visually, quickly and provides valuable insights into your data.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | The Function Library: Formulas and Variables  – Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

We all create formulas and variables in our report. But did you realize you can build very complicated calculations utilizing the many functions in the function library? Whether it’s a string based, date based or numeric based calculations, there is a function for you. This live demo will highlight some of more frequently used functions!

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday, September 24th, 2020 @ 1:00pm PT

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, September 24th, 2020 running from 1:00pm to 4:30pm CT.

You can view the recordings form this user group below.

1:00 – 1:05 pm PT | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm PT | 30 New Features in BI 4.2 in 30 Minutes – Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc

Get to know the detail level product overview of what is new in BI 4.2 and the reasons to upgrade your current BI systems to 4.2. This session covers 30 latest features in bi 4.2 which will be helpful for your entire organization, including, but not limited to, BO Administrators, Universe Designers, Report Developers and Business Users. If we have time, we will aim for 45.

1:35 – 2:05 pm PT | Magic of Breaks: Part 2 – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to rank based on subtotals.  Learn how to display only the most current row of data based on a break.   Learn how to control formatting with manage breaks.  Learn about the difference between a break and master detail report.

2:05 – 2:15 pm PT | Break

2:15 – 2:45 pm PT | What You Need to Know to Transition Your Users to the New Webi 4.3 – Runali Ghosh, InfoSol Inc

It may not be an understatement to consider the recent SAP BI 4.3 release as a huge milestone. This comes entirely with the new FIORI-based interface and offers a modern and new experience for ad-hoc and operational reporting as well as designing visually rich dashboards with Web Intelligence. While this is a great foundational step towards future analytics it is also quite a transition from the classic launchpad.  This session will summarize the key usability and functionality changes that Webi consumers and developers would potentially come across while transitioning from WebI 4.2 to 4.3.

2:45 – 3:15 pm PT | Adding Conditional Formatting and Stop Lights to Your Webi Report – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to enhance your reports by adding conditional formatting to your report.  Learn how to add stop lights to make your report really stand out.

3:15 – 3:25 pm PT| Break

3:25 – 3:55 pm PT| Adding A Marquee/Background to your Webi Reports – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to add a marquee that will flash across the screen when added to your report tab.

Learn what must be setup through the CMC to enable this feature.  Learn how to create the formula/variable to contain the Marquee text. Learn how to format the cell to HTML to enable this feature.

3:55 – 4:25 pm PT| Designing and Building a COVID-19 PPE Dashboard Fast – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc

Learn how we quickly put together an operational dashboard for showing key metrics tracking PPE during the COVID19 Crisis.  Swift dashboard development to meet relevant needs is what is in demand.

4:25 – 4:30 pm PT| Raffle

East Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group – September 10th, 2020 @ 1PM ET

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the East Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, September 10th, 2020 running from 1:00pm to 4:30pm ET.

Attendance is FREE, however, you will need to register to get access to the virtual user group.

1:00 – 1:05 pm ET | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm ET | Automating BusinessObjects Regression Testing – Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc

Learn during a live demo on how BusinessObjects reports can be run and tested in bulk via an automated process. Once this process is setup it can be used for Regression testing of BO Applications and also in various other scenarios. Real case study and more info on process setup will be shared in this session.

1:35 – 2:05 pm ET | The Analysis Tab: Your Best Friend – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation provides an in depth look at the analysis tab and the many features it offers.

It will include all the options on the analysis toolbar. Learn how to manage your local filters, and the difference between local filters, query filters, and input controls.  Learn how to manage your breaks for effectively, including removing redundant headers, and breaking on values.

It will include adding sorts, and managing custom sorts.  The incredible Group feature will also be presented. Learn how to rank your report several ways!  How to manage calculations in the block will be covered, including the new automatic creation of subtotals when applying breaks

It will include tips and tricks when utilizing the Analysis toolbar.

2:05 – 2:15 pm ET | Break

2:15 – 2:45 pm ET | A Gazillion Examples of Web Intelligence enhancements with HTML – Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc

Animate your logo or add cool buttons or bring in google maps or use scalable images or auto–refresh your screen or……!  There are so many cool things you can do with HTML and CSS and easy java–scripts that we thought we’d throw a bunch of examples in a bucket and let you have at it.  Whether it is dashboarding or just a fresh coat of paint you are looking for, we have the gems to get you excited about taking the power of Webi with your data and making it POP!

2:45 – 3:15 pm ET | Managing Your Merging – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in depth look at how to add multiple data providers within a single document, including universes, Excel, Text and Free Hand SQL. It will include how to properly merge dimensions and the many merge options available.  There will be a section on utilizing Excel files as a data provider, and how to import and Excel file, as well as properly update an Excel file already being utilized in a document. It will also include merging on local variables.   Presentation will include tips and tricks and best practices.

3:15 – 3:25 pm ET| Break

3:25 – 3:55 pm ET| Leveraging BuisnessObjects and Tableau for Maximum Benefit – Heather Rapetti, InfoSol Inc

With almost half of BusinessObjects customers in the U.S. also using Tableau, it makes sense to leverage the best of both tools to maximize your BI investment. There are many ways to do this from intelligently mapping Web Intelligence content into Tableau, to accessing BusinessObjects from Tableau to merging and publishing combined content from both BusinessObjects and Tableau. This session will show all these integration capabilities and discuss how many organizations are effectively using them

3:55 – 4:25 pm ET| Layering Your Reports and Charts With Input Controls – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to build a customized drop-down selection window in Web Intelligence using input controls and local variables.  Learn how to build  two report blocks and two chart blocks all on the same report tab.  Learn how to display only the single block requested in the drop-down menu, hiding all the other block type.  Demo will include an ALL option that will display all 4 blocks at the same time.  Learn how to add a marquee feature that flashes a message across the top of the report tab based on the menu selection.  Learn how to utilize other formatting options including a background image.

4:25 – 4:30 pm ET| Raffle

Cancelled – Miami BusinessObjects Users Group – Friday, May 15th, 2020

Cancelled!

You are personally invited to join us at the Miami BusinessObjects Users Group on Friday, May 15th from 8:30am – 4:00pm.

LOCATION

 PERRY ELLIS INTL
3000 NW 107th Avenue
ROOM: Private Cafeteria
Miami, FL 33172

Parking: 

Parking is in the south parking lot. Follow security guards Directions. Perry Ellis will provide shuttle service from the south lot to the main Entrance.

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration (Free Breakfast Provided)

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction / IBIS Update

9:00 – 9:45am BusinessObjects For a New Decade – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

A major new release of BusinessObjects will be available in 2020 that will become the BusinessObjects release of this new decade. Knowing that BusinessObjects will be around and supported for at least the next 10 years, this presentation will focus on how organizations are planning to use it and evolve with it over the next decade as they also look to move to new cloud based environments , adopt new AI technologies and deal with more data requests than they have ever done before.

9:45 – 10:00am Break

10:00 – 10:45am Web Intelligence v4.3: A Whole New World – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will be a live demo of the new WebIntelligence V4.3 release due to be released first quarter of 2020. You will have an opportunity to see the new look of the Webi User Interface and how to navigate within the new UI. It will include comparisons of Webi features In v4.2 vs v4.3 and included will be a look at using a Webi report as a data provider.

10:45 -11:30am BusinessObjects Co-Existence with Tableau, PowerBI and More – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.
More than 50% of existing BusinessObjects customers use at least one other BI tool in addition to the tools in BusinessObjects. Using the best tool for the job makes a lot of sense in today’s competitive and fast-changing business landscape . The most popular BI tool used with BusinessObjects is Tableau followed by Microsoft’s PowerBI. This session will talk about different use cases for using these tools and others with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment.

11:30– 1:15 pm Lunch: On Your Own

01:15 – 2:00 pm Managing Your Merging– Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in depth look at how to add multiple data providers within a single document, including universes, Excel, Text and Free Hand SQL. It will include how to properly merge dimensions and the many merge options available. There will be a section on utilizing Excel files as a data provider, and how to import and Excel file, as well as properly update an Excel file already being utilized in a document. It will also include merging on local variables. Presentation will include tips and tricks and best practices.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break

02:15 – 3:00 pm The BI Dashboarding Dilemma for BusinessObjects – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

BI Dashboards continue to dominate as the solution of choice for self-service BI applications. SAP BO Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) along with Lumira will be phased out by SAP over the next few years as SAP focuses on its new Cloud based SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) platform which recently released its own dashboard capability. At the same time Web Intelligence has made major strides in offering dashboard functionality. SAP’s BI dashboarding strategy has been confusing for several years and many BusinessObjects customers have chosen to develop their BI dashboard in Tableau, Power BI or another tool or even create custom dashboards. So, what is the best choice for the BusinessObjects user? This session will look at the pros and cons of the different options to help you make a more informed choice.

03:00 – 3:45 pm Building Simple Visualizations In Web Intelligence – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation provides an in depth look at creating simple visualizations using nothing more than the many features of WebIntelligence. In this presentation you will learn how to create a variety of charts and reports within the single report, then utilize input controls, element linking and intra document linking to create interactive dashboard like reports. It will include a look at some of the expanded functionality of input controls.

03:45- 4:00 pm Wrap-up

Please REGISTER for count purposes. Note: This event is not sponsored by SAP or ASUG. Presentations subject to change

Los Angeles BusinessObjects Users Group – Wednesday April 15th, 2020 – POSTPONED

This user group has been postponed until further notice. We will update you once a new date has been set. Thank you for your patience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tucson BusinessObjects User Group – March 12th, 2020

You and your colleagues are invited to join us at the next information packed Tucson BusinessObjects User Group meeting taking place on Thursday, March 12th from 12:30pm to 4:15pm.

Attendance is FREE but please register below for count purposes.

Location:

Pima Community College Northwest Campus

7600 N Shannon Rd

Tucson, AZ 85709

This is about 10 min east from I-10.

Pima Maps link: https://pima.edu/maps-directions/index.html

Room:

Room Number A207 (community room)

Agenda:

12:30 – 1:00 pm | Registration

1:00 – 1:10 pm | Welcome & Announcements

1:10- 1:55 pm | Why using IDT is a good idea? – Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc

This presentation will cover all of the new features of IDT that make it a far better tool than the old universe designer. In this session you will learn what is new, why it’s good, and how it makes using IDT easy. This will be a fast passed session so make sure you hold on to your pencil and note book!

2:00- 2:30 pm | BO Administration Security Model Options – Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc

Security is unique to each organizations needs. Hence in this session, we will show you a couple of security models used by organizations and share the basics of how to build your own security with the options provided by BusinessObjects.

2:30- 2:45 pm | Break & Networking

2:45- 3:30 pm | The New Look of Web Intelligence 4.3 – Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc

A major new release of BusinessObjects, 4.3, is due to be released mid-year and with it will come a completely new interface for Web Intelligence. This session will show e sneak preview of the new Webi UI showing how it looks, how to browse and navigate in it and how to edit reports.

3:30- 4:00 pm | Open Discussion: BusinessObjects for a New Decade – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc

A major new release of BusinessObjects will be available in 2020 that will become the BusinessObjects release of this new decade. Knowing that BusinessObjects will be around and supported for the next 10 years, this discussion will focus on how your organizations are planning to use it and evolve with it over the next decade

4:00 – 4:15 pm | Raffle & Prizes

Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users Group – Friday, November 1, 2019

You are personally invited to join us at the information packed Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users Group meeting Friday, November 1, 2019.

Attendance:  Free – We just ask that you register for count purposes:

Registration:  If you plan to attend, please email Info@pghboug.org and provide them with your name and the names of anyone else who will be attending from your company.

Parking: Free

Agenda:

08:30 – 08:50  Registration and Breakfast

08:50 – 09:00  Welcome & Announcements, Tammy Datri

09:00 – 09:50  Fire up your FIORI LaunchPadRajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Attend this session if you want to explore the sensational new features and navigation capabilities of the new FIORI BI Launchpad. This session will cover BI 4.2 SP06 & SP07 FIORI features such as Web Intelligence interactive viewer, filters and report navigation, new charts and chart properties, custom elements and formulas. This will be a perfect session for end users and report designers who are excited to learn the new features and functions specific to FIORI.

09:50 – 10:00  Break

10:00 – 10:50  BusinessObjects BI 4.2 – 45 Features in 45 MinutesRajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Get to know the detail level product overview of what is new in BI 4.2 and the reasons to upgrade your current BI systems to 4.2. This session covers 45 latest features in BI 4.2 which will be helpful for your entire organization, including, but not limited to, BO administrators, Universe designers, Report developers and Business users. If we have time, we will aim for 60

10:50 – 11:00  Break

11:00 – 11:50  BulletProof Disaster Recovery for SAP BusinessObjects @ SAP, Nathan Crook, 360Suite

  • Set up & maintaining an on-going strategy for meeting requirements for Disaster Recovery (DR).
  • Improved abilities for report migration & promotion.
  • Greater visibility to compare between CMS’ to know exactly what changed, if anything between source and target.
  • Flexible backup for the entire landscape to bring back any single object.

11:50 – 12:30  Lunch

12:30 – 01:20  Latest Features in BusinessObjects BI 4.xSatish Rajagopal, 360Suite

Details to be released soon

01:20 – 01:30  Break

01:30 – 02:20  Tableau with BusinessObjects – Bring out the best of both the worlds Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Learn why and how, Tableau with Business Objects is the best combination for enterprise BI.  The use cases for Tableau dashboards with BO content will be discussed. Tips and tricks designing BO content for Tableau will be discussed.  Deployment and scheduling of BO content to Tableau desktop and Tableau server will be demonstrated. And if we have time we may look at bursting out Tableau workbooks as well.

02:20 – 02:30  Wrap-up and GiveawaysPGHBOUG Steering Committee